Smoked homebrew brined turkey, a gift from the gods! My turkey cooking has been evolving over the years now….this year to include the smoker! I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 brew that I had. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie stout for some nice malty flavors in the turkey. Oh, don’t forget that it is bacon wrapped and using a maple bourbon glaze! Let’s look at how this goes together to make a feast fit for a king.
The Homebrew Brine
First, I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 as the base of the homebrew brine. It is the second time I made this kit. The first time, something went wrong, and it soured on me. I had the kit replaced via Northern Brewer’s Beer Kit Guarantee. It is a malt forward stout with hints of vanilla and rum soaked raisins. Then, I followed the base brine recipe that I have used in the past. Yes, even the bacon was brined for the whole time! Lots of yumminess added in some great flavoring! I had great successes in the past, here (v1) and here (v2), with the homebrew brine that I used. There was a little modding, but not much.
After letting the bird and the bacon take a bath for a few days in the kegerator, it was time to pull them.
I mad a nice rub that included some bourbon and maple syrup. The maple syrup is the same stuff that I used for my Crystal Mape stout. I rubbed both under the skin and on top. I reserved some of the liquid to use as a glaze over the outside. Make a nice bacon weave, and layer it over the top of your homebrew brined turkey. Then off to the smoker it goes!
The Smoked Bird Arrives
I let the smoker go low and slow. I enjoy using my Camp Chef Smoke Pro pellet grill. I threw on some good competition blend pellets, and it became a set it and forget it! I will say it was super difficult to not just grab some of that bacon and eat it while the bird was smoking!
To serve this homebrew brined turkey of goodness, I added in the traditional Thanksgiving sides to go with it. It looked so much like Thanksgiving that I confused my 9 year old when he came down for dinner. I think this is a recipe and steps that I will continue next year!
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